Chapter 14

Thoughts about a Changed Photographic World

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THE ADVENT OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY HAS ALTERED the nature of photography in many ways. The biggest change, of course, is the sheer volume of photographs being made daily, largely due to the ubiquitous nature of cell phones, all having built-in cameras. (In fact, most of those devices have become cameras with a built-in phone and computer.) Is that a plus or a minus for photography? If you base your answer on numbers, it’s clearly a plus; if you base your answer on quality, I think it’s a distinct minus. And to my way of thinking, leading the downward quality spiral are “selfies,” none of which ...

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